Hull Council considers doubling fines for flytipping offences

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Councillors are considering whether to double fines for flytipping offences in a bid to beat the scourge in Hull.

The city council spent £546,447 investigating 20,018 reports of fly-tipping between 2012 and 2018 but raised just £95,346 in fines, according to new figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Hull Council spent �546,447 investigating flytipping offences between 2012 and 2018. Picture by Marie Caley.

Hull Council spent �546,447 investigating flytipping offences between 2012 and 2018. Picture by Marie Caley.

In the same period, the council issued 435 fixed penalty notices and there were 489 prosecutions.

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The council can issue a £200 fixed penalty notice if it has enough evidence to confirm who is responsible for fly-tipping. Culprits can also be fined under the Environmental Protection Act, whereby offenders can pay a fine to avoid court proceedings.

Under new proposals, the level of fines would rise to up to £400, with a minimum penalty of £150.

Councillor Anita Harrison, Hull Council’s portfolio holder for Streetscene, said: “Despite being a top-performing council, we’re disappointed that a small minority of people actively choose not to take pride in their city by dropping litter. We have approximately 2,000 bins across the city, so there is no excuse for this anti-social behaviour.”

Coun Harrison added: “Improving environmental standards is a top priority for the council, and we are prosecuting those who fly-tip. However by taking an even tougher stand on enforcement by increasing the levels of fines, we can deter any potential offenders.”